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UAE slammed for excluding Western Sahara from map of Morocco

Morocco [YoTuT/Flickr]
Morocco [YoTuT/Flickr]

A Moroccan rights activist has criticised Abu Dhabi TV channel for broadcasting a map of Morocco which does not include the Western Sahara.

In an interview with Quds Press, human rights activist, Ali Anouzla, described the show as a direct and immediate retaliation against Morocco for refusing to join Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other states in their boycott of Qatar."

"This is a retaliatory logic dictated by a political grudge and political hatred of Morocco because Rabat refused to support the UAE and Saudi Arabia positions against Qatar, and before that towards the Arab Spring and the steps toward democracy that Morocco has followed," he said.

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Aznoula stressed that Morocco must not submit to extortion and should cling to its sovereign decision on its foreign policies.

"The UAE has previously fought, within its agenda of fighting Islamic movements, the Justice and Development Party and tried to remove it from power and stop political reforms, but failed, and now it seeks to revive this agenda through extortion," the campaigner explained.

Abu Dhabi TV broadcast a show on stability and coexistence in Morocco. It included a map showing Morocco stretching from Tangier to Laayoune, while the Saharan part appears as a non-Moroccan country under the name "Western Sahara".

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